If you saw "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" over the weekend, odds are you still have adrenaline pumping through your body and a ridiculous grin plastered on your face. Heck, you've probably kept one eye on the sky just hoping that a Ravager ship will come and take you away to the insanely awesome corner of the universe depicted in the movie. Odds are that will never happen, what with "Guardians" being a work of fiction and all, so you might want to take your eyes off the sky and direct them towards some comics.
The action-packed galaxy depicted on the big screen comes straight from the Marvel GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY line of comics, meaning that there are plenty of intergalactic adventures with Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and the rest just waiting for to be read! Here are some starting places designed to get you up to speed on all things Marvel Cosmic and to further your Guardians fandom!
If you're looking for more information on the colorful stones at the heart of the film's plot, look no further than this modern day classic. You'll get the lowdown on every one of the desirable items and see them put in action by the big bad himself—Thanos! Nebula also makes a standout appearance in this storyline—but if you really want more of the blue-skinned baddie, you should see her take on all of the Avengers in AVENGERS #318.
Drax has been around in the comics for a long time—longer than all of his teammates save Groot. But the version of Drax that has risen to prominence in recent years emerged in this limited series. You'll witness the death and rebirth of the Destroyer as a knife-wielding brawler with a body covered in intimidating red tattoos.
The modern day Guardians took their first steps towards formation in this series, which pushed Peter Quill back into the spotlight after decades in the shadows. Star-Lord and his ragtag band of cosmic misfits, including Groot and Rocket Raccoon, must help stop the spread of the invasive alien race called the Phalanx!
This is it—the start of the team's definitive era! Writer Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning mix their apparent affection for the forgotten corners of the Marvel Universe with their knack for incredibly witty dialogue and heartbreaking drama to create a comic unlike anything else in the galaxy. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket, and more form the first line of defense against the biggest threats in the cosmos.
If you're looking for a more recent jumping on point, then check out the current run by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists Steve McNiven and Sara Pichelli! The main Guardians crew from the film forms the backbone of this series, with big time guest stars like Iron Man and Captain Marvel swinging by to do some heavy lifting! This series is packed full of the kind of rapid-fire wit that brought the film to life.
Coinciding with the film's release, Marvel's launched two all-new ongoing series starring Rocket and Peter Quill. The duo of Rocket and Groot take the spotlight in ROCKET RACCOON, written and drawn by Marvel's mightiest cartoonist, Skottie Young. LEGENDARY STAR-LORD features unfiltered Peter Quill action courtesy of Sam Humphries and Paco Medina, meaning that the titular space pirate gets in way over his head and stays there!
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" is in theaters now!